Engagement on the Public Consultation on the future of Muckamore Abbey Hospital

2nd March 2023

On 24th October 2022, the then Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, launched a public consultation on the proposed closure of Muckamore Abbey Hospital as a regional specialist learning disability hospital. The Department of Health (DoH) met with families, carers and advocates of current hospital patients to advise them of the launch of the public consultation. Participants at this meeting advised it would be helpful to hold an engagement event on the public consultation in addition to the survey and written response options. The PCC agreed to facilitate engagement on this consultation.

The consultation process consisted of:

• an online survey for responses from the general public including individual written responses.

In addition, the PCC held:

two group engagement events (via zoom) facilitated by PCC, for families, carers and advocates or representatives of former and current residents of Muckamore Abbey Hospital to share their views on the consultation.

Individual engagement conversations, facilitated by PCC, via a dedicated phone line.

The PCC combined the responses from the group and individual conversations and produced a report summarising what we heard.

The report can be found here.

This report was sent to the DoH to be used, alongside the online survey and responses from the overall consultation, will help decision makers determine if the proposed closure of Muckamore Abbey Hospital is the right decision.